ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Police in Troop T will be increasing DWI and distracted driving patrols during the Fourth of July weekend.
The crackdown began July 3 and will continue through July 6. Police are warning drivers of the severe penalties associated with the dangers of DWI and distracted driving. Electronic message boards have also been posted along the state thruway system reminding drivers to not drink and drive.
State Police will initiate special traffic enforcement efforts during the holiday weekend. During the enforcement, motorists can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols. Troopers will be using both marked state police vehicles and concealed identity traffic enforcement, or CITE, vehicles as part of the operation.
Drivers are also reminded to not use electronic devices and to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles on the side of the road.
During the same July Fourth period in 2013, Troop T issued more than 2,200 vehicle and traffic tickets and made 25 DWI arrests.
State Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend the following tips to prevent drunk driving:
- Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
- Use your community’s sober ride program;
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement